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Warning: Wear Flip-Flops In Moderation

Foot For Thought: Flip-flops may be comfortable, but they could lead to major foot problems if worn on a daily basis.

Foot For Thought: Flip-flops may be comfortable, but they could lead to major foot problems if worn on a daily basis.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 1:39 GMT

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The only way to get off on the right foot this summer is to wear flip-flops sparingly.

According to Dr. Carolyn McAloon of the American Podiatric Medical Association, flip-flops should be worn “in moderation” in the summertime, not as everyday footwear.

The foot doc says flimsy flip-flops don’t offer nearly enough arch support and can cause severe heel pain if overused.

Hiking, riding a bike, or simply walking all day in flip-flops can strain the foot’s soft tissues, while thong-style flip- flops can lead to painful irritation between the toes.

Because the foot is entirely exposed, Dr. McAloon has also seen patients with major “foot trauma,” including a man who lost his big toe mowing the lawn in flip-flops.

Ultimately, she believes it’s best to leave flip-flops for the beach or pool. The podiatrist also advises kicking the gladiator sandal trend since the popular styles boast very thin soles offering little support.

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